is it just science…

Adventures in the mystic world of Science and Society…

This page will be a combination of my personal opinon on matters of science and science studies; my personal experiences studying for an MSc in Science and Technology Studies; and academic studies written.

I shall try to tag the posts clearly, particularly so that studies can be differentiated from personal and opinion pieces.

Although the academic studies will be as objective as possible I am in the process of study, any updates or new ideas evidenced will be referenced as I can. Please be aware that all personal opinions are such; personal and subject to change!

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The Arrogance of Frankenstein

Is the arrogance of Frankenstein his greatest crime? Are we at risk of forcing scientists today to stand on the same pedestal? Many debates have been had about what Mary Shelley was trying to tell us when she wrote the celebrated horror about the eponymous scientist and his ‘Creation’. In ‘Love your Monsters’ Bruno Latour argues that Frankesteins greatest crime is abandoning his creation. I would suggest that Frankensteins greatest crime is his arrogance. Frankenstein places himself above his equals early in the tale; his reaction to the opinions of his father, his judgement of his lecturers, his lack of …

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Fly me to the moon; Why aren’t we ashamed of our obsession with Space?

Many of us have grown up with Space Science raised high on a pedestal; the pinnacle of humankinds achievements. I, for one, never really questioned this. And yet when I read an article juxtaposing Elon Musks airy aspirations with problems on earth, right here, right now – I had to change my mind. I’m not saying we shouldn’t fund space. But I am arguing that we all need to engage in the question as to what proportion of our resources should be focused on this most enthralling of sciences. I love space. At my parents house, on a cold autumn …

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Who is teaching us Science?

My MSc course is, unsurprisingly, leading me down internet rabbit holes… I was asked to bring a science ‘blog’ to our next course session and I had a problem. I don’t really think I read Science blogs. This could be a fundamental issue in regards the course I’m doing and my particular area of interest ‘the public understanding of science’ if I’m not actually accessing the same information myself. So… start to hunt for science blogs. But I felt a bit of a fraud. I get the Guardians Weekly Science updates and IOP’s Physics world newsletter and I read some …

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Dreams, loss and the test of the senses

Last night I dreamt I had my Badger back. Badger was the Border Collie l had from a pup who died, of natural causes but rather young and rather traumatically in June. It was already a bad dream. I hadn’t been able to find my partner and was sitting on my parents dining room floor. When there was Badger, actually really there. l was able to pick him up, hold him, and smell him, feel his fur and warmth. He hadn’t died he’d been lost something I’d always been scared of. Then I realised he was hurting, there was a …

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is it just science…. not the beginning

I’ve been wanting to blog about science, science education and communication since I started teaching. But I couldn’t Because I was teaching And there’s professionalism… and privacy laws… and all of that sort of thing. Also the subject makes me crazy and I tend to get really really cross about stuff, which can be dull when you’re in the depths of it and solutions just don’t seem possible. This, plus one hundred and one other aspects, led to me quitting the education system (eventually – I tried in 2015 and finally managed in 2017) as a teacher, to become a …

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